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22.11.2003 Sports News

KPM To Popularise Baseball In Tema

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A Tema-based organisation, KPM Africa Baseball Limited, has initiated a programme to popularise baseball as an alternate game with mass following among the youth of Tema.

Baseball, a sport which enjoys tremendous following in the US, especially and more recently in almost all parts of the world is barely known in Ghana.

KPM has therefore founded the Tema Baseball 1 Community Development League, to give the youth another popular sporting choice, aside football that could be developed up to the international level.

Briefing the press at Tema yesterday on efforts to attract the youth into the new game, Mr. Charles Mason, an advisor to KPM said so far about 187 registered youth played the game in two seasons this year, featuring a total of 10 teams.

Mr. Manson who is also the Human Resource Director of VALCO Aluminium Company and a former baseball player said the sports combines mental, physical and athletic prowess making an exciting process of teamwork, learning and character growth for any youth who choose to participate.

In line with its plan to promote the game in the country, he said KPM had set itself an ambitious target for next year under which it would build and manage four league baseball in the country, covering ages eight to 21 years.

He has therefore appealed to the corporate community as well as individuals and philanthropists in the community to support KPM both in kind and in cash to realise its’ goals. He said, there was the need to buy protective gear for the boys and prepare or improve on some of the existing pitches in Tema for practicing.

He said the community would benefit by having their youth inspired and committed to learning and participating in team oriented environment adding that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste and a strong body leads to a strong mind if properly developed.

Mr. E.K. Sackey, the founder of KPM, on his part appealed to parents and guardians to volunteer their time during games to support their children to develop their skills in a new sports with the potential to grow.

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